Thai Sloppy Joe

Food, in this social media age, has taken a substantial upswing in presentation.

  • Chefs have became artists (some have literally started to plate with paint brushes).
  • Critics are raving about their intricately plated meals.
  • Consumers are snapping pictures of everything that they eat (fine dinning restaurants have more flashing lights then most clubs nowadays).

I am not against presentation nor am I for it. I am a lover of food and will accept it with open arms. I’ve eaten…

  • Tacos given to me by a sweat drenched man in Mexico…
  • Slabs of over priced steak served to me by suspiciously kind waiters and…
  • Countless Styrofoam boxes shoved full of mystery meat.

Point is, I love showing off by plating pretentiously but not today…because today…I am…plating…sloppily!

Yes! Everything you read above was a set up to my foodie pun! HAHAHAHA!

Thai Sloppy Joe

I imagine about none of you laughed with me just now but that’s ok. I understand. Let’s get on to what you came here for, this Thai Sloppy Joe.

This dish is inspired by my day’s in elementary school. I didn’t care for the homework, classes or constant reminders that I am Chinese (kid’s would squint their eyes and make a bunch of random sounds like “ching chong chee”). I was upset when they did this but even more when they made a noise that I recognized as a word. Funny from hind sight but not at that moment. There was solace though, between classes and kid’s calling me Buddha, there was lunch time. I loved lunch time like a fat kid loves cake. Now that I think about it, I was the fat kid.

My favorite was the sloppy joe, fries, apple crisp and chocolate milk. I got the Sloppy Joe every chance I got until my friend told me that I was a cannibal for eating it. He told me with complete confidence that Sloppy Joes were made from chopping up everyone named Joe in the world. Since then, I haven’t eaten one…until now. Not for fear but simply because no one sells it.

Thai Sloppy Joe

If you guy’s have been here before then you know that I don’t care for authenticity, thus explaining the…Thai Sloppy Joe! You have this mini mountain of red coconut curry infused beef, slapped in between two buttered buns and presented in a way that is reminiscent of the way the cafeteria lady would…sloppy and with a “take it or leave it” undertone.

So I’ll end it with that. This is a flavorful new take on a dish from my past, do what you want with it. NEXT!

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Thai Sloppy Joe
Thai Sloppy Joe
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Thai Sloppy Joe
Thai Sloppy Joe
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Sloppy Joe
Pickled Cucumber
Assembly
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Pickled Cucumbers
  1. Place the cucumber slices in a bowl and sprinkle the salt over it. Mix well and allow them to sit for 15 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, dissolve the sugar in the rice vinegar.
  3. The cucumbers will have softened and lost some water. Pour out the water and pour the vinegar over the cucumber slices. They are ready to use.
Sloppy Joe
  1. Over medium heat, saute your mined garlic and onions in 1 tbsp of oil for a 1 minute.
  2. Add in the red curry paste and stir until fragrant (2-3 minutes).
  3. Add in the Ground Beef and cook until the meat is browned (4-5 minutes). You don't have to but I recommend removing some of the rendered fat, how much you remove is up to you.
  4. Add in the coconut milk, brown sugar, and fish sauce. Simmer until you get the consistency you want (mine went for 5 minutes). Add in lime juice and check for seasoning.
  5. Optional: Toast the bun in a separate pan by melting some butter and placing the bun in for 2-3 minutes on low heat.
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